There are several ways to test for dry eye. At Community Eye Center, the doctors utilize a variety of testing methods, so that they may treat each patient according to their type of dry eye.
Treatment of Dry Eye Disease has traditionally involved the use of artificial tear drops and ointments, along with avoidance of wind, dusty environments, ceiling fans and the like. Today, treatment is tailored to the type of dry eye and can include a variety of medications, materials, new technology and tear supplements. Most dry eye patients will benefit from the use of supplemental artificial tears, and many different drops, gels, and ointments are available. Some are water-based, some oil-based, some thicker than others; specific recommendations are again based on the type of dry eye being treated. In any case, these products, while helpful, do not treat the dry eye disease, and are typically used along with other treatments.
Dry eye disease is usually a chronic and progressive condition, and can significantly impair a person’s vision, comfort, and ability to read, do computer work, and function normally. It has often been a source of much discomfort and frustration. Today, through the use of cutting-edge technology and modern scientific knowledge, we have the ability to treat this problem far more successfully.
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Tears are important because they keep the eye’s surface clear and smooth, allowing for good vision. Each time a person blinks, a film of tears spreads over their eyes. Normal eyes constantly create tears to keep the eyes moist. When this does not happen, dry eyes occur.
Dry Eye Disease is one of the most common eye problems, affecting people of all ages in all areas of the world. It affects millions of people in the U. S. alone and is particularly common in those over the age of 50, especially women. Dry Eye Disease has the potential to cause significant pain, discomfort, blurred vision, and permanent damage to the eye. It is a chronic and progressive disorder requiring proper evaluation and treatment.